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another survey-Homeschooling (only if you have time)


From: Patricia Knott (pknott_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Nov 14 2003 - 15:06:45 PST

Last summer I asked this list to help me with a survey for my grad class on
issues in education and your responses got me a big WOW from my class. We
tend to get very provincial in our observations and this list allows for a
more global response to questions, issues, and answers.

So, I'm in another grad class and am compiling more responses for a report.
I have surveyed locally and am searching for opinions that got beyond my
local attitudes and maybe incorporate some observations that are different
from the perceptions I see where I live in PA.

My topic is home schooling.

What is your first reaction to the term home schooling? ( Do you think
home schoolers are religious or political radicals?)
     Are you insulted by home schooling? Are you offended that what we do
may be in question
     by the parent or student that wants homeshooling?
     Who do think home schools? and why?

    Do you think home schoolers have any district or state mandated
requirements? Are you
    aware of any requirements?

    Should homeschoolers be allowed to to participate in curricular(classes)
or extracurricular
    activities that the public school provides?

    Why are the numbers of home schoolers increasing? (what needs are we not

   My local survey indicates that teachers think that the home schooled
child misses out on the
   socialization aspect of attending school. Is this valid?

I spent an hour yesterday interviewing a child that comes weekly to my video
production club , but is otherwise home schooled. He is doing incredible
stuff with video and computer stuff. He is motivated to work all day on what
compels him. He is faithful to my club. His special needs don't fall into
the categories so home schooling is working for him. His reasons are
pursuit of interest and I am respectful of what he feels the school was not
giving him.

Can we embrace all alternatives to educating all children and, perhaps,
disregard our notions of what we regard as tradition?

Thanks to anyone who can plod through this

but only through the plodding will we really understand the learning